Frequently asked Questions

We digitise the medication process, securing the supply chain and ensuring patient safety.

Our regulated procedural packaging puts everything needed to administer the medication in one pack. We then equip that packaging with digital intelligence to track its journey and its use, ensuring the medication is both safe and safely administered.

We call it the SIP System: Strategic Intelligent Packaging System.

It’s all about following the data.

Before the medication is injected into the patient, our digital technologies confirm that it’s safe for the patient by checking:

  1. it is what the physician prescribed,
  2. there are no contraindications for the patient,
  3. it is not counterfeit,
  4. it has not expired and
  5. the cold chain was not broken.

After the medication has been administered, the treatment is added to the patient’s medical history on the central health record database (EHR/EMR), and the medication use is recorded on the healthcare provider’s inventory control (via the ERP).

In a de-identified (anonymous) form, the data is also provided to the public health custodian for epidemiological research and disease control. This anonymous data also goes to the medical regulator to help with their mandatory safety monitoring and surveillance.

Our SIP System is like a ‘master key’.

Regardless of the medications, the settings, the global locations, or the nature of the local health sector, the SIP System adapts universally.

It seamlessly feeds the medication data from the manufacturer to the healthcare provider to the patient to the public health custodian.

This data underpins patient diagnosis and treatment, patient safety, supply chain management (from manufacturer to patient), regulation of medications and disease management in the community.

The SIP System is made up of both physical and software components, described in the following answers. Component expansion and functionality are under development

The SmartPack contains everything you need to carry out a specific procedure – any pharmacology along with the materials required to administer the procedure.

For example, a BrandX vaccine SmartPack would contain one dose of the vaccine, plus the syringe/injector, swab, cotton ball and Band-Aid.

So when you order a BrandX vaccine SmartPack, you know you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips: no more running around to find all of the necessary components.

This is known as procedural packaging.

The SmartPack also carries all the necessary digital data about the contents.

Currently some or all of this data is read from one medium (e.g. a label) by the healthcare worker and then transferred to another system/medium (e.g. keyed in or written down, possibly by someone other than the healthcare worker administering the procedure).

For example, the patient’s medical record/medication sheet needs to be updated, acknowledging that the medication has been taken from the cold store/pharmacy etc, and that the medication has been used at a certain location, etc.

With a SmartPack, the data it’s carrying is used directly to determine the safety of the medication for the patient. This is done by the SIPApp.

Installed on the healthcare worker’s smartphone or tablet, the SIPApp is used to scan the SmartPack and tap into its onboard data.

Depending upon the level of infrastructure installed where the healthcare worker treats the patient, the SIPApp could check to ensure that:

  • the dosage is correct (i.e. it matches the prescription for the patient),
  • this medication doesn’t have any contraindications with the other medications on the patient’s medical health record,
  • the medication hasn’t already expired,
  • the medication can be traced back to point of manufacture and thus is genuine (i.e.  not counterfeit), and
  • the cold chain has not been broken.

The SmartPack data is also used to protect the community from disease.

The data in the SmartPack is used to fight disease in the community in two ways.

Firstly, the medication and demographic data is offered to the public health custodian for that location for epidemiological research into emerging health trends and threats.

Secondly, this data is also offered to the food and drug regulators in that location. The regulators must monitor the use of the drugs they approve, and this is an increasingly time-consuming and labour-intensive obligation. Their access to this data will free existing resources for other more productive purposes in the fight against disease.

Ask your current medication provider(s).

Our patents are lodged in US, Europe, China, India, Singapore and Australia, so if your medications are supplied from/within those markets, you should be able to get your medications supplied using SmartPack.

SmartBox is a box containing many SmartPacks, with a similar onboard data carrying ability.

Just contact us.

If you’re a pharmaceutical manufacturer, CMDO or aggregator, we work with you on the appropriate packaging design for your SmartPack.

Of course. Your vials are tagged at point of manufacture for shipment in a SmartPack™.

When the healthcare worker prepares to withdraw the first dose from that vial, the data from the SmartPack™ is transferred to a tag on the syringe/injector by the SIP System. That data is subsequently scanned by the SIPApp™.

This is done through integration rather than replacement.

Caretech partners with the incumbent system providers and local system integrators for the data integration with the client’s supply chain and health information management. Our architecture is API-based.

We work with the medication manufacturer and/or their packaging aggregator on secondary packaging design and manufacture.

We work with the public health custodians and regulators to ensure the community’s privacy and security concerns are visibly addressed.

And we work with the clinicians and healthcare workers to ensure effective onboarding.

Actually, our system saves time and money while it’s saving lives.

The physical elements of the system are just added to the aggregation process for secondary packaging for the medications. Hence, the cost of implementing the SIP System can be amortised, which actually generates supply, storage and other cost savings for all stakeholders over time.

Importantly, there is also a very significant value-add brand proposition for Pharma, MedTech and healthcare providers who adopt SIP. Standardising SIP packaging technology will also have cost benefits in many aspects of regulatory compliance and surveillance.

No, it’s very simple.

The app integrates with the technology systems already in place – the healthcare worker just uses the app on their smartphone or tablet.

Before administering the medication, the healthcare worker just scans the SmartPack using the SIP App on their smartphone / tablet. No more manual collection, assembly and checking of the medication pharma and MedTech components, no more manually writing up patient notes and/or data entry into the patient’s health records and the healthcare provider’s inventory system.

Healthcare workers can become just that – not just expensive, part-time data entry clerks.

We can end a lot of unnecessary suffering and death.

Health systems damage and lose too many patients through unintentional medication errors, or medications not being available where they are needed. In Australia alone, it’s been estimated that 50,000 patients die and 250,000 are incapacitated every year. 1 2

We also need to protect patients from a significant counterfeit medication industry. 3 Plus, there’s a significant medication wastage problem (in some jurisdictions, up to 50% of high-value medications are wasted due to expiry and cold chain problems).

So as not to exacerbate the environmental damage done by medical packaging, our system is based on circular recycling/reuse principles.

1 Medical Error Action Group 2020, National Mortality Database 2016
2 The Medical Journal of Australia
3 $US4.4b – OECD estimate 2016; $US3t – LocatorX 2021

It was the result of our Chairman David Wearne’s unique history.

Caretech started in innovative procedural packaging some 20 years ago, supporting the Australian HIV harm minimisation strategy with safe disposable syringe packs and devices.

The use of inventive technology and behaviour modification techniques reduced the sharing of needles amongst illicit drug users, significantly reducing the risk of HIV and Hepatitis spreading in the community.

With the emergence of the Ebola and SARS/MERS viruses, the world began to realise the need to protect our communities from emerging adverse biological agents, designated Disease X.

What was needed was a means to ensure the treatment (including new vaccines) went to where it was needed, and in sufficient quantities to be effective in protecting the community.

David applied industry 4.0 principles to what he had learned in harm minimisation with HIV, and the resultant PCT was lodged in 2019, long before COVID emerged.

Caretech Services is a technology development and IP licensing business.

We have assembled the right team of people for where we are at present.

We have a diverse and very experienced Board and personal advisors.

We are self-funded.

We are currently negotiating field trials / proof of concept projects in Australia, Singapore, India and the US.

We have agreements in place with major leading international partners in supply chain management (SCM) and systems integration (SI) in those markets.

We are proud to say that we have achieved this without the need to board a plane from our headquarters in Perth, Western Australia.

Potentially yes: we are always open to proposals.

First, take a look at our YouTube channel, where you’ll find

  • A Detailed Overview of the SIP System
  • The Case for Intelligent Procedural Packaging
  • The Two Virtuous Circles (coming shortly)
  • Disease Control Using SIP (coming shortly)
  • National Stockpile Management with SIP (coming shortly)

Then contact us so we can have a conversation.